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#26 rockethead26

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:09 AM

 

..., a destination astro vacation.

That right there is what we are going for. The move from an "attraction" to a "destination".


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 11:36 AM

I'm looking at homes for sale close by


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 12:12 PM

I'm looking at homes for sale close by

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:35 PM

I'm looking at homes for sale close by

Actually a good idea. I rent a house in Sedona (roughly 40 miles from Flagstaff) occasionally. It is a dark sky community and the views are lovely. Also - I expect Lowell can use all the experienced amateur astronomers it can get as volunteerssmile.gif

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:07 PM

I once many years back spent a week in Jerome, loved it but not much work there in the field I was in.  Other than that a friend who lives in Phoenix mentioned to keep my place here as it gets unbearably hot there for part of the year.  Another person I know said in the mountains it's not so bad?



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:10 PM

I'd love to live in Sedona. Or rather, somewhere in the surrounding area.



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 12:59 AM

I once many years back spent a week in Jerome, loved it but not much work there in the field I was in.  Other than that a friend who lives in Phoenix mentioned to keep my place here as it gets unbearably hot there for part of the year.  Another person I know said in the mountains it's not so bad?

It is much cooler in higher altitude places like Sedona and Jerome in the summer. quite a few Phoenicians have places in Flagstaff because of the cooler summers and winter skiing. Flagstaff is a great place to live as well. Northern Arizona University gives it a nice vibe and you can walk from downtown to Lowell Observatory.



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Posted 26 March 2019 - 01:26 AM

This new suite of telescopes will be available for group/individual after-hours specials.bounce.gif  I have no idea yet what the charges will be. We will continue to offer that on the 24" Clark as we do now. There is a high probability of another 24" scope for the Public Program in a separate dome within the next 12 months, but not confirmed yet. Should know within a matter of days. Craziness, I tell ya!

The new 24" is confirmed. We will have a new 24" PlaneWave on a L-600 Direct Drive Mount. This will be set up initially for visual use. The existing telescope in the McAllister dome, a 1960s 16" Boller & Chivens cassegrain will be retired. The dome structure will be removed and the current foundation and pier will be deconstructed. A new foundation with a centered pier will be poured, the dome reinstalled and the new 24" installed. Expected timeline 9-12 months. banjodance.gif


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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:58 PM

This is outstanding news! The McAllister Dome is only a short walk from the amazing 24" Clark refractor. It will be interesting to walk back and forth and compare the performance of the Clark 24" with the 24" PlaneWave.

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:44 PM

The Lowell team will be at NEAF. See this thread:

https://www.cloudyni...-booth-at-neaf/


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